Happy Valley outlasts Lady ‘Landers, rally past ‘Landers

Carter County Sports

It was a case of deja vu on Warrior Hill on Monday night.

The Warriors and Lady Warriors picked up non conference wins over Cloudland in games that were very similar to their matchup two weeks ago. The Happy Valley ladies picked up a 47-35 win over the Lady ‘Landers, while the Happy Valley men overcome a late deficit to take a 49-43 victory over the ‘Landers.

In the boys’ game, the teams traded points before a 17-2 Happy Valley run over the final four minutes to take the victory. The Warriors were without head coach Chuck Babb – who was out with illness, while Cloudland saw four players fighting the stomach flu.

The first quarter saw Brinkley Mull drain two 3-pointers for Cloudland, while the Warriors saw Austin Hicks and Josh Hammonds counter. CHS held a 12-10 lead after the first quarter.

After the teams swapped the lead, Hammonds hit a runner that gave the Warriors a 19-17 halftime advantage.

The start of the third quarter saw HV hold a 23-20 lead, but Preston Benfield hit a jumper to spark a 13-2 that powered Cloudland to a 34-27 lead heading to the final quarter.In the final quarter, the ‘Landers extended the lead to 41-32 on a Jesse Potter bucket.

However, the Warriors weren’t finished.

Hicks and Hammonds hit back-to-back shots to spark the final run, and Happy Valley took the lead with four straight points from Hammonds. The Warriors iced the game at the free throw line to secure the victory.

Hammonds led all scores with 18 points, while Hicks tallied 15 points for the Warriors. Benfield led Cloudland with 11 points, while Joe Trivette and Mull had eight points apiece.

Cloudland was whistled for 22 fouls in the contest with Happy Valley called for 11 fouls.

Jeremy Maddox served as interim coach for the Warriors.

In the girls’ game, Happy Valley had to overcome a back-and-forth battle in the first half to pull away and take the victory.

Points were hard to come by in the first quarter as Kalee Johnson and Baylen McGee hit shots for the Warriors to counter Cloudland points from Payton Johnson and Shian Strickland as the Lady Warriors held a 5-4 lead after one.

The teams continued to trade points in the second period as neither team was able to pull away as the game was knotted at 16-16 at the half. Strickland recorded eight points in the second quarter.

The Lady Warriors took over in the third quarter.

After Emily Whitaker drained a jumper to open the scoring, Kalee Johnson scored six points, but Trinity Vines answered with four straight points. HV held a 29-25 lead after the third quarter.

Lisa Ellis pulled the Lady ‘Landers within two points to open the final quarter. However, Johnson and the Lady Warriors outscored Cloudland 18-10 to take the win.

Johnson finished the game with 21 points – her fourth straight game with 20+ points – six blocks, five assists and two steals. Charli Bare led HV with 12 rebounds. Whitaker finished with 10 points, while McGee had seven points.

Cloudland was led by Strickland’s 14 points, while Vines had 10 points.

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Cloudland Girls’ Head Coach Lucas Andrews

Happy Valley Girls’ Head Coach Larry Abel

Cloudland Boys’ Head Coach Gary Harrison

Happy Valley Boys’ Head Coach Jeremy Maddox

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